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How to cool down mice?

Post by fancymice on Fri 06 Jul 2018, 11:50 am

It’s in the 100s where I live and I want to cool down the girls, I read that putting an ice pack helps? Currently our AC doesn’t work Worry Shocked I put a cold towel over half of the two tanks because it’s supposed to regulate temps any other suggestions?
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Re: How to cool down mice?

Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Fri 06 Jul 2018, 1:19 pm

Keeping your mousies cool in that kind of heat is going to be a major accomplishment!  Let's see what I can come up with -- and then others who are in the same predicament as you can join in with helpful hints.

First, here's something to get you started, from The Rat Guru on YouTube:



Further pursuing the simple concept that cold air sinks and warm air rises, make sure your mousehouse is as low as you can get it in the house.  But if you place it on the floor, be sure to watch for ant line formation once one of their little scouts finds the food bowl or a mousiepoop.  And beware of moving mice to your basement, because of the negative effect musty air could have on their delicate respiratory systems.

Applying wet towels, as you are, will help to cool.  My variation on that trick was to wrap wet tee shirts around the bottom of April's enclosure.  That way, evaporation would cool the tank walls at the bottom, where she was, and nothing was over the top to restrict air flow.

You can keep a box of mousie stuff cooling in the fridge and keep rotating cool toys, hammocks, treats, water, et cetera, into the mousehouse, while bringing the warmed-up stuff back out for another cooling session.  You can even keep some just plain rocks or tiles (things that will stay cool longer than plastic or wood) in rotation like that.

My little April (gone to Mousie Heaven exactly one year ago today) always had a fascination with running water, so it was not difficult to extend that to actually getting her wet when the weather was too hot, and that would help to keep her cool.  She'd get her little feet wet and then run up one of my arms a little way, and then come back to check out that water stuff again.  Maybe you have a waterbaby too.

Finally, if you have a not-too-big, portable, solid-sided tank for a mousehouse, you can scrub up the bathtub, run a shallow depth of cool water, and just set the whole tank right inside the tub -- like baking custards or cheesecake in a bain-marie.  Make sure the bathroom has good air flow, though, so it does not become hot and stuffy in there.

Don't forget to get up regularly during the night to make sure your cooling efforts are working. And have a plan for what to do if your mousies begin to show signs of heat distress.

And for you -- THINK COOL.

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Re: How to cool down mice?

Post by CallaLily on Fri 06 Jul 2018, 2:28 pm

My past mice/hamsters and my gerbils all really seem to appreciate cool marble tiles or ceramic mugs/hides on warmer days. I keep them in the refrigerator. I’ve also put a small mason jar with ice in the tank before.

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